This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Quigley Victory Drake.
I saw this fly for the first time a little over a week ago during our trip on the Upper Columbia River. If you haven’t seen the post, be sure to read my story of dry fly fishing with Green Drake mayflies is BIG water!
Check out the front view of this fly and you’ll understand why it has a “V” in it’s name.
I don’t know the history of how Bob Quigley created or named the fly, but I liked it the moment my guide Rial tied it on my leader.
Peter Bowers from the Patient Angler in Bend taught this fly during a Central Oregon Flyfisher’s Winter Fly Tying class a couple of years ago. He said the Water Boatman was a fly tied for Lake in the Dunes many years ago.
I wish I knew the origin of the fly.
I tied one for John Shewey, editor of Northwest Fly Fishing magazine. An article about Water Boatman flies is in the latest edition (July/August 2017). My friend John Sherry of Netknots posted the following picture on my RiverKeeper Flies Facebook page.
I haven’t fished any lakes yet this year, but hopefully that will change this week. I think East Lake will be my fishing destination in a couple of days. I thought I’d use my own resources to refresh my memory for a few effective East Lake flies I need in my fly box. I created a separate fly box for East Lake called…you guessed it, East Lake Fly Box. In addition, I looked in the Lake Flies box to see if I missed anything.
I can’t wait to get back up there. It’s a very peaceful place when the wind isn’t blowing.
If you are a regular RiverKeeper Flies reader, you might remember my post entitled Fishing East Lake a couple of years ago. I talked about the flies I needed there as well and which flies worked for us. Continue reading →
On one of my fly fishing trips to the river last week, I was waiting for the fish to begin rising and I was curious about what flies were in the drift and available to the fish. A good place to find out is on the edges of an eddy. So I walked downstream to an eddy I’ve checked before and guess what I found? Mayfly spinners!
I couldn’t believe the number and variety I found…Green Drakes, Brown Drakes, Pale Evening Duns (PEDs), Pale Morning Duns (PMDs), and a few others I don’t know the name of. Continue reading →
I found this old article from the Bend Bulletin in a box of donated fly tying materials describing the Langtry Special.
A friend of mine took his first fly tying lesson many years ago from Judge Virgil Langtry in a Maupin, Oregon church basement. Langtry was an Oregon Circuit Court Judge and evidently enjoyed fishing the Deschutes River around Maupin.
As with many popular flies, there are many variations. Kaufmann’s Stimulator comes to mind and looks very much like the Langtry Special. In Randall Kaufmann’s book entitled Tying Dry Flies (1991), he states his Stimulator was developed from a variety of other popular flies.
I tied this size 8 Langtry Special today to imitate a Golden Stonefly, but wished I had it on the Lower Deschutes last week on our fishing trip. I wonder if any of the fish still recognize the fly! I’ll save it for the next trip down the river.
Perhaps you saw last week’s post entitled Fishing the Lower Deschutes. I drifted the river twice last week. My fly box was full of Salmonfly and Golden Stonefly imitations. So I returned to my home river today and found many more PMD’s hatching and thought I better get my June fly box in order.
Where you fish will determine what should be in your fly box, but we are all after the same thing…